Chiang Kai-shek medal fails to sell at Hong Kong auction

President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Chiang Kai-shek, who is wearing what appears to be the medal of the Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun. Also pictured in the 1960 photo is Madame Chiang. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Chiang Kai-shek, who is wearing what appears to be the medal of the Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun. Also pictured in the 1960 photo is Madame Chiang. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

HONG KONG (AFP) – A medal purportedly presented to late Taiwanese leader Chiang Kai-shek failed to sell at auction in Hong Kong on Friday, after the Taiwanese government cast doubt on its authenticity.

The “historically important and unique Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun” had an estimated value of HK$300,000 ($38,700) but failed to attract a single bid, a spokeswoman for Spink London auction house said.

“It was unsold. No one raised their hands,” she said, adding that the medal did not come with a certificate of authenticity.

In Taipei, a defense ministry spokesman said the original medal was buried with the generalissimo, who died in 1975.

“Former president Chiang Kai-shek was awarded three medals, including the Blue-Sky-and-White-Sun medal, and … all three were buried with him at the Tashi mausoleum” in northern Taiwan, the spokesman said. “We don’t want to comment on the authenticity of the medal in Hong Kong. But it’s the obligation of the auction organizers to present a certificate supposed to go with the medal. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen that.”

According to official Taiwanese records, 209 people, including Chiang, have been awarded the medal since 1929 for their contribution to the defense of the nation.

Chiang’s nationalist Kuomintang was China’s ruling party for two decades until it lost a civil war to its communist rivals in 1949, and was driven into exile on Taiwan.


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President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Chiang Kai-shek, who is wearing what appears to be the medal of the Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun. Also pictured in the 1960 photo is Madame Chiang. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower with Chiang Kai-shek, who is wearing what appears to be the medal of the Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun. Also pictured in the 1960 photo is Madame Chiang. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons.